The Department of Justice (“DOJ” or the “Government”) and Bartell Drug, Inc. (“Bartell”), a Washington State pharmacy chain of approximately 70 pharmacies, recently reached a civil settlement in which Bartell agreed to pay a fine... Read More
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Frier Levitt recently obtained a $6.25 Million settlement against a Pharmacy Benefits Manager(“PBM”) on behalf of its Plan Sponsor client (“Plan”). The Plan contracted with the PBM to administer its prescription drug program, and to... Read More
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As the opioid crisis continues to result in devastating consequences throughout the country, the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) is broadening its opioid enforcement to all stakeholders involved in the opioid supply chain including,... Read More
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On Thursday December 10, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a unanimous decision in the case Rutledge v. PCMA ruling in favor of the Petitioner, Leslie Rutledge, the Attorney General of Arkansas, and against the... Read More
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On November 20, 2020, the Trump administration announced plans to scrap the Medicare Part D “rebate safe harbor,” which currently permits insurance middlemen called Pharmacy Benefits Managers (“PBMs”) to charge manufacturers substantial fees... Read More
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Compounding pharmacies should be aware of recent developments in the law surrounding bioidentical hormone therapy (cBHT). In the field of pharmacy, compounding (performed in compounding pharmacies) is preparation of a custom formulation of a... Read More
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HHS Permits Out-of-State Telehealth Providers to Render Certain Services Nationwide     On December 3, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced a fourth amendment to its declaration under the Public Readiness and... Read More
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The current United States marketplace for the regulation of pharmacy benefits is a patchwork of inconsistent (and in some cases non-existent) state laws, state and federal agency regulations, agency manuals and federal laws. Uniform state laws would... Read More
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